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Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois

Books from the Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Since the 1940’s the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library has been building a collection of emblem books written from 1540-1800, published in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England. Emblem books can be considered the multi-media publications of the 16th through the 18th centuries. Each emblem is composed of three constitutive elements - a motto, an illustration or "pictura" in the form of a woodcut or engraving, and an explanatory poem or "subscriptio." An emblem is more than the sum of its parts, because the interplay between text and image produces a greater meaning than any of the individual components can provide. Since 1998 the Rare Book & Manuscript Library has been enhancing access to the German emblem books through digitization. The digitization efforts are now being coordinated with the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. These two institutions are cooperating on the Project "Emblematica On-Line," funded by an NEH/DFG digital humanities grant to present emblem books in an innovative digital environment and to develop a portal for a key genre of Renaissance texts and images. The OpenEmblem Portal hosted at Illinois offers the ability to search and browse emblems from a variety of perspectives. Visit the German Emblem Book Project website.


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Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Ripa, Cesare, fl. 1600; Tempest, Pierce, 1653-1717; Fuller, Isaac, 1606-1672, ill
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Text on verso of plates.
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books --Great Britain --18th century.
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Wither, George, 1588-1667; Rollenhagen, Gabriel, 1583-1619. Nucleus emblematorum; Passe, Crispijn van de, ca. 1565-1637, engraver; Marshall, William, fl. 1617-1650, engraver
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Without general t.p.; each book has special t.p.; books 2-4 have imprint: London, Printed by Augustine Mathevves, 1634
Topic: Emblem books, English
Publisher's device on t.p.; tailpieces
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Spanish
Landwehr, J. German emblem books
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, German
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Covarrubias Horozco, Sebastián de, 1539-1613
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Irregularities in foliation: leaf 96, 108, 163, 240 and 245 numbered 98, 180, 168, 241, and 249 respectively
Topic: Emblem books, Spanish
Signatures: [par.] A-2E
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Spanish, Animal behavior, Animals, Conduct of life
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Alciati, Andrea, 1492-1550; Rouillé, Guillaume, 1518-1589, printer
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Printer's device on t.p
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Topic: Emblem books
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Cats, Jacob, 1577-1660; Schipper, Jan Jacobsz, printer
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Met privilegie -- title page
Topics: Emblems, Emblem Books, Dutch
Signatures: a-h A-3Z 4A-4D 4E²
Topics: Innocent X, Pope, 1574-1655, Emblems, Emblem books, Latin, Egyptian language, Mythology, Egyptian,...
In three books, each having their own separate title page; the second book begins a new pagination sequence, continuous with that of the third book. The first book is a general discussion of emblems; the second and third books contain 50 emblems each (numbered I-L). Each of the 100 emblems begins on the recto of a leaf. The woodcut illustration (often incorporating a motto) is placed within a decorative border that encloses the 8-line verse epigram as well. It is followed by explication in...
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Spanish
Title-pages of parts two and three are dated 1624 and bear an additional printer: "Nella stampa del Pasquati."
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Italian
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Alciati, Andrea, 1492-1550; Rouillé, Guillaume, 1513-1589, printer
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In colophon: " ... traducidos en rhimas Españolas por Bernardino Daza Pinciano."
Topic: Emblem books
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Accademia dei Gelati (Bologna, Italy); Capponi, Giovan Battista, 1620-1675; Zani, Valerio, conte, d. 1696; Barberini, Francesco, 1597-1679, dedicatee; Otteren, Leonardus Henricus van, engraver; Tinti, Lorenzo, d. 1672, engraver; Carracci, Agostino, 1557-1602, ill; Mitelli, Giuseppe Maria, 1634-1718, ill; Cavagna Sangiuliani di Gualdana, Antonio, conte, 1843-1913, former owner. IU-R
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Added t.p., engr.: Memorie ritratti ed imprese de SSri. Accadem. Gelati di Bologna.
Topics: Devices (Heraldry) --Early works to 1800., Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books, Italian...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
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Signatures: *4, **2, [A]-Z4
Topics: Emblem books, Love in art, Erotic art
McGeary & Nash. Emblem books at the University of Illinois
Topic: Emblem books
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Alciati, Andrea, 1492-1550; Mignault, Claude, ca. 1536-1606; Kampen, Geeraard Jansen van, fl. 1564-1589, engraver; Solis, Virgil, 1514-1562, ill; Plantin, Christopher, ca. 1520-1589, printer
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Title within woodcut borders; most emblems within borders of typographical ornaments; printer's device on t.p., initials, tail pieces
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Latin
Signatures: a chi1 b-e A-Z 2A-2D 2E
Topics: Mythology, Classical, Art, Greco-Roman, Emblems, Emblem books, German
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Alciati, Andrea, 1492-1550; Mignault, Claude, ca. 1536-1606; Pignoria, Lorenzo, 1571-1631; Sánchez de las Brozas, Francisco, 1523-1601.; Thuilius, Joannes, d. 1630.; Morel, Fédéric, ca. 1552-1630. Corollaria et monita.; Frambotto, Paolo, printer.; Cavagna Sangiuliani di Gualdana, Antonio, conte, 1843-1913, former owner.; De Toma, Giacomo, former owner.; Armenise, Raffaele, 1852-1925.
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"211 woodcuts of emblems from the same blocks as from the Paduan 1618 edition- now within borders, and one new "offensive" emblem, i.e. no. lxxx"--cf. Landwehr.
Topics: Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books, Latin --Italy --17th century., Emblem books --Italy...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Barberino, Francesco da, 1264-1348; Bloemaert, Cornelis, 1603-1692, engraver
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Imprint from colophon
Topics: Allegories, Emblems, Emblem books, Italian
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Typot, Jacob, 1540-ca. 1600; Balfour, James, Sir, 1600-1657, former owner. IU-R; Sadeler, Giles, 1570-1629, engraver; Strada, Octavius, 1550-1612, artist; Boodt, Anselmus de, 1550-1632
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Cum priuil. summi Pontif. & Sac. Caes. Mtis. -- title page
Topics: Emblems, Signs and symbols, Mottoes, Emblem books, Latin
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Horozco y Covarrubias, Juan de, fl. 1589-1608; Rodríguez, Alfonso, 1526-1616; Bonilla, Ioan de, printer
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Title page in red and black
Topic: Emblem books, Spanish
One hundred fifty two nearly full-page woodcuts after Giuseppe Cesari d'Arpino, with woodcut typographical ornaments on the sides
Topics: Emblems, Allegories, Emblem books, Italian
Title page in red and black
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, Benedictine, St. Ulrich und Afra (Benedictine abbey : Augsburg,...
"Cum gratia & privilegio Sacrae Caesareae Majestatis, et facultate superiorum" -- title page
Topics: Human anatomy, Human beings in art, Symbolism, Emblems, Emblem books, Latin
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Veen, Otto van, 1556-1629; Gomberville, M. Le Roy (Marin Le Roy), sieur de, 1600-1674; Daret, Pierre, 1604-1678, engraver; Horace; Tristan L'Hermite, François, 1601-1655. Sonnet; Mazarin, Jules, 1602-1661, dedicatee; Anne, Queen, consort of Louis XIII, King of France, 1601-1666, dedicatee; Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715; Sevestre, Louis, fl.1646, printer; Hamilton, Emma, Lady, 1761?-1815, former owner. IU-R; La Trémoille family, former owner. IU-R
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Auec Priuilege du Roy -- title page
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, French
Printer's device on title-page with monogram "B.R." and motto: "Ingenium superat vires"; head-pieces; initials; printed marginal notes
Topics: Kings and rulers, Education of princes, Emblems, Emblem books, Spanish
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Education of princes, Symbolism in art
83 engraved emblems; engr. allegorical frontispiece
Topics: Meteorology --Early works to 1800., Astrology --Early works to 1800., Emblems --Early works to...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Bolland, Johannes, 1596-1665; Galle, Cornelis, 1576-1650; Tollenaer, Jean de, 1582-1643, attributed name; Poirters, Adrien, 1605-1674; Bolland, Johannes, 1596-1665.
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Signatures: * A-4X
Topics: Jesuits, Jesuits --Belgium., Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books --Belgium --17th...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Montenay, Georgette de, 1540-ca. 1581; Woeiriot, Pierre, 1532-ca. 1596; Unckel, Johann Karl, printer
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Signatures: A-2E8
Topic: Emblem books, French
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Alciati, Andrea, 1492-1550; Mignault, Claude, ca. 1536-1606; Cousin, Jehan, ca. 1522-ca. 1593, ill; Roger, Charles, fl. 1576-1590, printer; Marnef, Hiérosme de, 1515-1595, printer; Girault, Denyse, fl. 1576-1700, printer; Marnef et Cavellat (Paris, France), printer
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Signatures: * A-2Y
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Latin
Errata: final page of each volume
Topics: Philosophy, Emblems, Emblem books, Latin, Emblem books
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
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Errors in running title of bk.2 : p. 173 and 177-189 have "Emb. Lib. I."
Topic: Emblem books
McGeary & Nash. Emblem books at the University of Illinois, F14. Praz p. 34. "In quo human[ae] vit[ae] labyrintho demonstrato, virtutis semita pulcherrimis pr[ae]ceptis, veluti Thesei filo docet." The alternative title within an ornamental engraved framework. Contemporary vellum binding in good condition. Signatures: *4, A-P8, Q6.
Topic: Emblem books, Dutch
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Horapollo; Mercier, Jean, d. 1570; Hoeschel, David, 1556-1617; Caussin, Nicolas, 1583-1651; Pauw, Jan Cornelis de, d. 1749
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Signatures: * 2* A-3E 3F²
Topics: Egyptian language, Emblems, Emblem books, Greek, Emblem books, Latin, Symbolism, Hieroglyphics
Printer from colophon
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Italian
Advertisement on p.[192] for The Christian’s dictionary ... by the Rev. John Fleetwood (published 1775).
Topics: Emblems --Early works to 1800, Emblem books, English --Great Britain --England --18th century,...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Poirters, Adrien, 1605-1674
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Probable date of publication suggested by McGeary & Nash
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Dutch
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Alciati, Andrea, 1492-1550; Mignault, Claude, ca. 1536-1606; Kampen, Geeraard Jansen van, fl. 1564-1589, engraver; Solis, Virgil, 1514-1562, ill; Plantin, Christopher, ca. 1520-1589, printer
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Signatures: * 2* A-Z a-z 2A-2C
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Latin
Met privilegie -- title page
Topics: Songs, Dutch, Hymns, Dutch, Emblems, Emblem books, Dutch
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Horapollo; Cousin, Jehan, ca. 1522-ca. 1593, ill; Du Pré, Galliot, d. 1561, printer; Ruelle, Jean, d. 1571, printer
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Title within illustrated border; headpiece; initials
Topics: Emblems, Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books, Latin --France --16th century., Emblem books...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Galle, Théodore, 1571-1633; Mallery, Karel van, 1571-ca. 1635, engraver. IU-R
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Engraved title leaf, preface, 12 engraved plates
Topics: David, Jan, 1545?-1613, Emblems, Emblem books, Emblem books, Latin
Signatures: a-e (-e8), A-3P
Topics: Bible, Prayer books, Lutheran Church, Emblems, Emblem books, German
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Pietrasanta, Silvestro, 1590-1647; Moretus, Balthasar, 1574-1641, printer.
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Engraved t.p. by C. Galle, after Rubens; title within pictorial borders.
Topics: Carafa family --Early works to 1800., Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books, Latin --Belgium...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Borja, Juan de, b. 1533
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Added t.p., engraved
Topics: Conduct of life, Emblem books, Spanish
Half title: Devises et emblemes curieux anciennes & modernes, tirées des plus celebres auteurs : nouvellement inventées en latin, en françois, en italien, en allemand
Topic: Emblem books
Acquired: 16 July 1968 (Beyers).
Topics: Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books --Germany --17th century., Emblems, Latin --Germany...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Baardt, Petrus; Flittner, Johann, 1618-1678. Nebulo nebulonum
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Author's name at head of title
Topics: Conduct of life, Christian ethics, Emblem books
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Boissard, Jean Jacques, 1528-1602; Bry, Theodor de, 1528-1598; Faber, Abraham, fl. 1596, printer; Bry, Theodor de, 1528-1598, publisher
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Signatures: ã e A-2K 2L²
Topics: Exempla, Emblem books, German, Emblems, Conduct of life
Separate t.p. for v. 2
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Dutch
Includes index
Topics: Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books --France --18th century., Emblem books, French...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Baudoin, Jean, 1590?-1650; Briot, Isaac, 1585-1670, engraver; Briot, Marie, engraver; Villery, Jacques, publisher
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Signatures (pt. 1): a e i A-2T 2V (a1v, 2V4v are blank)
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, French, Emblem books
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Estienne, Henry, sieur des Fossez; Blount, Thomas, 1618-1679; Marshall, William, fl. 1617-1650; Royston, Richard, 1599-1686, bookseller
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Translation by Thomas Blount of: Art de faire des devises
Topics: Devices (Heraldry), Emblems, Emblem books, English
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
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Pagination has odd numbers on versos
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, English
The etched emblems appear within elaborate borders of strapwork, architectural elements, figures, masks, swags, fruit, etc. They include Latin mottos. Dolce’s explanatory verses appear on the leaf following each emblem. These are printed letterpress, within one of two woodcut borders, and are numbered 1-52 at the upper right (mistakes, omissions). Plates [38] and [45] each contain two emblems.
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Topics: Devices (Heraldry) --Early works to 1800., Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books, Italian...
Approximate date of publication from McGeary & Nash
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Dutch
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Pietrasanta, Silvestro, 1590-1647; Galle, Cornelis, 1576-1650, engraver.; Rubens, Peter Paul, Sir, 1577-1640, artist.
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Title-page engraved by Corn. Galle after Rubens.
Topics: Carafa family --Early works to 1800., Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books, Latin --Belgium...
Place and date of publication from McGeary & Nash
Topics: Alciati, Andrea, 1492-1550, Emblems, Emblem books, Latin
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Court, Pieter de la, 1618?-1685; Sweerts, Hieronymus, 1629-1696, bookseller; Gole, Jacob, 1660?-1737? engraver
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Preface and last page signed: P.C.P
Topics: Emblem books, Dutch, Emblems, Fables, Dutch
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Zsámboki, János, 1531-1584; Granges de Surgères, Anatole, marquis de, 1850-1902, former owner. IU-R; Plantin, Christophe, ca. 1520-1589, printer
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Cum priuilegio -- title page
Topics: Coins, Emblems, Emblem books, Latin
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
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McGeary & Nash. Emblem books at the University of Illinois, Q9
Topics: Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books, English --Great Britain --England --18th century,...
Date of publication from VD 17 (online)
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Latin
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Aresi, Paolo, 1574-1644; Merlach, Johann Hieronymus; Fuchs von Herrnau, Johann Michael, tr; Buggel, Johann Leonhard, 1650-1721, bookseller; Lichtenthaler, Abraham, printer
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In introduction by Johann Hieronymus im Hof von Merlach the last part of the translator's name appears as Hernau, whereas on the t.p. it is Bernau
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, Emblems, Emblem books, Italian, Emblem books
Unnumbered leaves printed on both sides of the page; numbered leaves printed on one recto only
Topics: Carmelites, Spiritual life --Catholic Church., Christian life --Catholic authors., Emblems --Early...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
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Signatures: [chi]2, A10, B14, D-L8
Topics: Emblem books, Emblems
Ornamented initials, head and tail pieces
Topics: Devotional literature, Christian Life, Emblems, Emblem books, German
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Balde, Jakob, 1604-1668; Wagner, Johann, fl. 1645-1680, publisher
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Signatures: )( [-)(8] A-X [L5 signed 'K5']
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Latin, Senses and sensation
H.C.D. = Hermannus Condeesyanus [i.e., Johann Grasshoff]
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, German, Medicine
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Taurellus, Nicolaus, 1547-1606; Lochner, Christoph, fl. 1588-1614, printer; Lochner, Christoph, fl. 1588-1614, printer.
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Signatures: a-c (b signed b, c blank), A-P.
Topics: Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books --Germany --17th century., Emblem books, Latin...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Hugo, Herman, 1588-1629; Arwaker, Edmund, d. 1730; Sturt, John, 1658-1730, engraver; Leake, John, fl. 1673-1717, printer; Bonwicke, Henry, d. 1706, bookseller
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Printer's name from Wing CD
Topics: Christian life, Emblems, Devotional literature, Emblem books, English
Vol. [1]: [30], 288, 239-274 [i.e. 324] p., [34] leaves of plates
Topics: Emblems, Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books --Germany --18th century., Spiritual life...
Added t.-p in Latin: Mira Satis, ac sine omni Peccato Mariae sanctissima conceptio ..
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint --Poetry., Emblems --Early works to 1800.,...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Heinsius, Daniel, 1580-1655; Schrijver, Pieter, 1576-1660; Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638
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Dedication signed (foot of (*)4v): "Petrus Scriuerius."
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Dutch
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Bornitz, Jakob, ca. 1560-1625; Bourgeat, Ludwig, d. 1714, printer
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All numbered leaves are engraved and printed on rectos only
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Latin, Emblem books, German
Date of publication transposed; imprint appears on title-page as follows: "Venetiis MDLXXXIX cum priuilegiis : Apud Hieronymum Porrum."
Topics: Joachim, of Fiore, ca. 1132-1202, Catholic Church, Emblems, Emblem books, Latin, Emblem books,...